PEARL, MS (WLOX) - Matt Linton had two run scoring hits, and then recorded the final four outs on the mound as East Central High School staved off elimination by beating West Lauderdale 8-7.
The Hornets came into Saturday's matchup down one game to none in this best of three state championship series. A loss at Trustmark Park would have derailed East Central's hopes of a Class 4A repeat.
Linton's first RBI came in the very first inning. He grounded a double down the left field line, plating the game's first run. East Central scored three runs in the opening frame.
However, West Lauderdale bounced right back. The Knights scored four times in the bottom of the first, and had a 4-3 lead.
East Central responded. By the third inning, the game was tied at four. And in the sixth, the defending champs had a 8-5 lead. The Knights closed that game to one, before Linton shut the door on the comeback.
East Central and West Lauderdale play one more game for the Class 4A baseball championship. The first pitch for that contest will be Monday night at 7:00 up in Pearl.
You can watch highlights of East Central's game two victory and hear comments from the victorious coach and several players on WLOX News at 10.